Syon House

What nicer way to spend a warm, sunny summer’s day than to get out of the sweaty city and spend a few hours wandering around one of Britain’s fine old rural estates and its manicured grounds? To read the stories of scandal, daring-do, noble intrigue, battles and sumptuous parties across the centuries. What nicer way to spend that day indeed. Mrs P and I did just that. Albeit in reverse. Continue reading “Syon House”

The Walled Garden

Mrs P and I rather enjoy our days out to stately homes and gardens. Many of which have that ever so traditional English walled garden. Or kitchen garden. This weeks trip was more local than is often the case, to Edmondsham. I do wonder if a walled garden would work in Merida one day, when we retire. We could happily potter about if the morning and evenings, weeding, dead heading, planting and pruning. And in the afternoon, we could greet our paying visitors, serving traditional cream teas. Continue reading “The Walled Garden”

Historic Houses Association Discount

I have a top tip. Before you buy anything, join anything or go anywhere, type the object of your desire into Google and add the word ‘discount’, ‘voucher’ or ‘coupon’. Or all three. It often works wonders. The number of 2 for 1 offers and their ilk that I have found over the years has saved me Continue reading “Historic Houses Association Discount”

Season’s End

Measuring the coming and going of the seasons should be a near enough exact science. According to the calendar, autumn begins on September 22nd. My preference is to allocate seasons into more organised three month blocks. Winter is December, January and February. Spring claims March, April and May. Summer spreads itself across June, July and August. Obviously, autumn is September and October. Continue reading “Season’s End”